Q&A: Wedding Stationery: Best Length for Programs?

Q: We want to design our own wedding programs but aren't sure where to start. How long do our wedding programs need to be?

A: The general rule is that brevity is best. But we've seen all sorts of programs -- from single sheets of paper outlining the ceremony events to pamphlets that include song lyrics and full reading passages to bound booklets with special notes to guests, maps, and pictures of the couple through the years. We love all of these ideas! However, keep this advice in mind: Guests should be able to read the program between the time they sit down and the time the ceremony begins, or they should be able to follow along as the ceremony progresses. You don't want people anxiously flipping through pages as you're trying to recite your vows -- that will be distracting for you, them, and everyone involved.

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